Houston, Boston tied 1-1 heading into ALCS Game 3

Tanya Simon
October 16, 2018

The result is a series tied at 1 as it shifts to Houston for Game 3 on Tuesday. He began vomiting and went to the hospital early Sunday morning, according to the skipper. The Boston Red Sox were winning a playoff game started by David Price, against the undefeated-in-October Houston Astros. Ultimately, the Red Sox went on to win 7-4 to even the ALCS at one game apiece. He was hospitalized Sunday night for observation and did not travel with the team to Houston. To make it so, some things had to happen that hadn't happened in a long, long time.

Cole went 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA in his first season with Houston after he was acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh, helping the World Series champion Astros return to the playoffs with a second straight AL West title.

Price had to - well, not exactly save Boston's hopes, but not torpedo them either. "Nothing serious. He was going to go through a battery of tests and see what was going on", Cora said. He departed in the fifth with a one-run lead.

Whichever prism you viewed David Price through before Game 2, you probably still do. Closer Craig Kimbrel earned the save, but he did allow a run in the ninth and showed signs of ongoing command issues. Alex Bregman has 31 home runs and 103 RBIs on the season for the Astros.

"I think tomorrow it will kind of be like when we faced CC [Sabathia] in New York", Cora said.

"I'm exhausted of giving up runs, but it was good to get the win", Kimbrel said on Sunday.

He had a completely different performance against the high-scoring Red Sox. Compared to the 2016 ALCS Game 1, the viewership was up 42% vs. 2016 with double-digit growth across all key demos.

The Red Sox left-hander reported a stomach ailment following his Saturday start against the Astros in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. In the second inning he did allow two runs, but those could have been charged to shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who took his time getting to a Carlos Correa groundball and turned an out into an infield single.

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An RBI double that inning by right fielder Mookie Betts brought home the final Boston run and gave Kimbrel an extra cushion.

"We'll see how he feels physically", Boston manager Alex Cora said. Gerrit Cole, who has been underrated all season playing behind Verlander in the lineup, was not sharp. Both pitched in nearly constant danger early on.

His statistics do not account for the times his managers left him in as he clearly exhausted, or for his two-run complete game in the '13 Game 163 tiebreaker that sent his Rays to the playoffs, or for his 2.35 ERA in 15 1/3 postseason relief innings, but they tell a story, and Price knows what it is.

His defense may have let him down but the bullpen had Price's back.

Price was victimized by some bad luck, but made some of his own, too. "If it's baby steps, it's baby steps".

Postseason baseball is filled with great moments. "But I came here to win, period".

"It's definitely appreciated", Price said. "But our offense, our defense, everybody rallied together". "That's what we've done all year".

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